There are always rumors on Wall Street, probably more than usual will be shared now that the tax reform passed and that’s off the chatter list. With the money that will be freed-up with tax reform, the rumors about corporate America, as well as worldwide conglomerates and what they might want to add to their organizations – those ideas should be hitting us all soon. Two big ones are already being bandied about by some of these include:
Apple Wanting Netflix
The current thought about what Apple (AAPL) wants is Netflix (NFLX) – this is held to be a 40% possibility. Another possibility is that as Apple pulls money back from overseas and foreign investments, they might be looking at acquiring more of Citi’s stock.
Amazon on Target
Amazon (AMZN) buying Target (TGT) — this deal sounds like a great one, but the chance of it getting past government regulators is almost nonexistent. Since Target has long been known for their efforts in the Mom’s and Children sectors of sales, this could be a great fit for Amazon. But integrating the cultures of these two companies might be a lot more work than anyone would want to consider. Amazon is focused on tech and innovation within their corporate culture, where Target is more methodical and following set patterns.
Business Beyond the Rumors
For those businesses that have an ATM on their premises – such as convenience stores – something to consider, especially in larger and metropolitan areas, would be to bring in a bitcoin ATM. If you do that, make sure you put a sign out front about that machine. Bitcoin.com recently reported that stores that have done that are seeing an increase of foot traffic. In the US there are now nearly 1,300 such ATMs – making up more than 75% of the number of them worldwide. For those interested in adding one, the largest bitcoin ATM provider is Coinsource. They plan on installing at least another 1K of them during this year.
For those looking to invest, you might consider looking into Alphabet (Google) which had a 30% rise during 2017 with their acquisition of YouTube. Also despite other search engines trying to challenge the perennial leader, none have made much headway. Google now has in excess of 1.5 billion users that spend 60 minutes a day on average on one of the Alphabet platforms. These platforms are also great earners when it comes to advertising dollars spent there. Which continues to grow because those advertisers reap high benefits too.
Another possibility for those who are looking more to the future. Consider Tesla (TSLA), they already are a few steps ahead on several futuristic concepts regarding self-driving cars, semis, and more.
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